Storytelling StoryBank Frit 7090C Summer 2010 Georgia Southern University Dr. Jones
Amazing Grace Hoffman, M. (1991).Amazing grace. New York, NY: Dial Books for Young Readers. Call # and Library: Personal Collection Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:African American Genre: Realistic Fiction Age Level:6-10 yrs Summary: When her class decides to do Peter Pan, Grace wants to play Peter. With the support of her family, Grace learns that she can be anything she wants to be, and the results are amazing! Personal Response:Amazing Grace was an amazing book. It reminds me of myself when I was younger. I feel that Grace can be an inspiration to children today. This book can be used to teach about African Americans, identity or in a performing arts class, just to name a few. I’m glad I purchased this book, it is a great addition to my libraryand to my storytelling bank.
The Art Lesson dePoala, T. (1989). The art lesson. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:General Fiction Age Level:4 – 8 yrs Summary:An inspirational story about a young boy with a dream. A dream to someday become a great artist. Although he meets many obstacles along the way, he never gives up. The time he waited for his whole life, the chance to have art class, soon turned into a disappointment. It was nothing like he imagined. Personal Response:To be honest, I didn’t really like this book. I feel that in some way it gives kids false hope. In today’s society, children are disappointed in many aspects of their lives. School needs to be something that they can look forward to, as Tommy did. Teachers need to make every effort to let children express themselves and art classes need not to be so regimented. I do not think I would retell this story.
Song and Dance Man Ackerman, K. (1988). Song and dance man. New York, NY: Knopf. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Picture Book Age Level:8-12 yrs Summary:When the grandkids come to visit, the Song and Dance Man brings back the good ole days with on the vaudeville stage. When Grandpa takes a trip to the attic, he pulls out an old trunk and begins to perform a dazzling show for his favorite audience… his grandchildren. Personal Response:I really enjoyed the brilliance of this book. Ackerman introduce a blast from the past with a wonderful story. This story provokes kids to learn more about the vaudeville stage by asking their grandparents about famous vaudeville performers (listed in back of book) and gives instructions for children to create their own vaudeville show! I highly recommend this book and would love to retell it one day.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Cronin, D. (2000).Click, clack, moo: Cows that type. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Modern Fantasy Age Level:4 – 8 yrs Summary:A silly story about cows and hens that negotiate with a farmer for electric blankets in the barn. They communicate by typing notes on and old typewriter. They go on strike, refusing to give milk and eggs until Duck mediates a solution that both the animals and the farmer can be happy with. Personal Response:I truly enjoyed this creative book. I love cows and thought this was the cutest way to portray them. I’ve always wondered what the cows and other farm animals truly thought about the farmer and now I know. Doreen Cronin really had me hooked from the beginning. This book could be used many ways in the classroom and would also be really fun for storytelling.
Amos and Boris Steig, W.(1971).Amos and Boris. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux Call # and Library:E AR 4.7 Ste; KPS Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Picture Book Age Level:Kindergarten – 3 Summary:This story is about a mouse and a whale who become close friends. When Amos, the mouse, gets lost at sea due to a bad storm, Boris, the whale, saves him and carries him back to shore. Boris felt that the little mouse could never help him, but little did they know that they would meet again. When Boris washed ashore when the hurricane came, Amos saves him by getting his two elephant friends to push Boris back into the sea. They knew that they would forever be friends. Personal Response:This story was an absolute delight. It would be of great use in the classroom and a fun way to teach character education about true friendship. I enjoyed the way Steig portrayed the mouse and the whale and the great differences between them. It teaches students to give everyone a chance because you never know who can help you out in the future. This was a very cute book and a great story to tell.
Teammates Golenblock, P. (1990). Teammates. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace & Company. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:African American Genre:General Non-FictionAge Level:Grades 3-5 Summary:Teammates is a good inspirational book about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. It tells of the times when segregation was common and how Jackie went about obtaining a position on a team outside of the Negro Leagues. It also tells of his teammate, Pee Wee Reese, who was the first on his team to befriend him in a public setting. Personal Response:This would be a great book to use during black history month. Golenblock uses a very interesting topic, such as baseball, to discuss “touchy” subjects such as segregation. Baseball, which is something the children can relate too, will draw them in, but the ultimate lesson would be to befriend everyone, not matter what color they may be.
Mama, Do You Love Me? Joosse, B. (1991).Mama, Do You Love Me? San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :24 Cultural Group Represented: American Indian, Eskimos Genre:Question & Answer Book Age Level:Baby - Preschool Summary:This is a story about a little girl who test the limits of her freedom with her mother who continually reassures her that a parent’s love is unconditional. Personal Response:This book would be a great way to introduce students to a different culture. Students could learn about the environment, ways of living, and the types of animals that are found in the Arctic. I liked the vocabulary words in the story. Even though I liked this story, I do not feel like this would be a good story to tell because of it’s structure.
Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story Young, E. (1989). Lon Po Po: A red riding hood story. New York: Philomel Books. Call # and Library:E AR 3.5 You; KPS Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:Chinese Genre:Folktale Age Level:Kindergarten - 3 Summary:The tale of Lon Po Po, the granny wolf, is comparable to the European tale of “Little Red Riding Hood.” In this version the three sisters are left home alone when there mother leaves to visit their grandmother. While they are alone the girls’ lure Lon Po Po up a tree with ginkgo nuts and over a limb, to her death. This Chinese version is believed to be more than a thousand years old. Personal Response:This was an extraordinary book. Following closely with a tale that most American children are use to, with a slight twist. Although this book would be great to teach about compare and contrast, it would also work wonderfully in an art classroom. The watercolor and pastel pictures in the book are remarkable. The book also contains numerous three-picture sequences, which resemble the decorative panels of Chinese tradition.
Chinye: A West African Folktale Onyefulu, O. (1991).Chinye: A west African folktale. London:Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Call # and Library: Personal Collection Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:West African Genre:FolktaleAge Level:4 – 8 yrs Summary:Very similar to our Cinderella story, Chinye was a young African girl who was controlled by her stepmother and stepsister. When Chinye is ordered to fetch water late one evening she meets an old lady who instructs her to enter into an old hut where she will find many gourds. When Chinye followed the ladies instructions she was rewarded with jewels and gold. When her stepmother found out, she was so jealous that she sent Adanna on the same journey, only to receive a life filled with tragedy because Adanna tried to be too greedy! Personal Response:Being a huge fan of the original Cinderella story, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have always liked stories that presented a moral at the end. I feel that I actually get a life long lesson out of a twenty page book. In this case, it taught me not to be greedy. Greed only results in bad things such as what happened to Adanna and her mother. It taught me to appreciate the things I have and I will be rewarded in the end.
Tops & Bottoms Stevens, J. (1995). Tops and Bottoms. Orlando, FL: Harcourt Children’s Books. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages:40 Cultural Group Represented:African American Genre:Folklore Age Level:4 – 8 yrs Summary:This is a story about a lazy Bear and a hardworking Hare. When Hare loses his land on a deal gone wrong, Bear and Hare enter into a partnership. Hare knew he had to be clever in his dealings with Bear and agreed to do all the work and split the crops down the middle, Bear gets the tops and Hare gets the bottoms. When Bear realizes that he has been tricked, he wants to change the agreement. The next time Bear wants the bottoms and Hare gets the tops, but Hare tricks him again. By the end of the story, Bear learned a lesson about the importance of working hard, and that sometimes the tops and sometimes the bottoms are the best of the vegetables! Personal Response:This was a cute story about working hard. I think Bear got what he deserved since he was being so lazy and expected Hare to do all the work. This book also teaches children about different vegetables… ones that grow under the ground and ones that grow on top of the ground. It is fun when the students guess which ones Hare would plant next!
I’m in Charge of Celebrations Baylor, B. (1995). I’m in charge of celebrations. New York, NY. Aladdin Picture Books. Call # and Library:E Bay; WCPS Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:Native Americans Genre:FolktaleAge Level:4 – 8 yrs Summary: The story is about a young Native American girl in the desert who celebrates living in the natural world with a triple rainbow, an unexpected encounter with a coyote, and other wonders of the wild. She created her own celebrations by putting herself in charge of exploring the natural world around her. Personal Response:I don’t think I would learn this story to retall. However, a teacher could use it to teach students about the desert and the Native Americans. They could compare and contrast the desert with the beach.
Willa and the Wind Del Negro, J. (2005). Willa and the wind. New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish. Call # and Library:Storytelling Textbook Number of pages :40 Cultural Group Represented:Norwegian Genre:FolktaleAge Level:5-9 yrs Summary:Young Willa Rose Mariah McVale is bold, clever, and courageous. That's why she's brave enough to ask Old Windy, the north wind, to return the cornmeal that he stole. Old Windy might be mischievous, but he is also honorable. He gives Willa a magic hanky in place of the missing cornmeal. But Willa's troubles aren't over. Soon she meets an innkeeper who steals the magic hanky. Thinking that the north wind has tricked her, Willa returns to his great stone house and gives him a piece of her mind. Again, the north wind presents her with a gift, and again the innkeeper steals it. How Willa finally outwits the innkeeper -- with a little help from Old Windy -- makes for a delicious, satisfying tale spun by a master storyteller. Personal Response:This was a typical folktale. I liked how Willa went back to the North Wind when her magic object suddenly didn’t work anymore. It showed that she wasn’t one to give up easily. This story was comical because the North Wind was sarcastic and from the way that Willa and the wind interacted. This would be a great story to retell
Paul Bunyan Krensky, S. (2007) Paul Bunyan. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook. Call # and Library:NF Kre (398.2) ; WCPS Number of pages :48 Cultural Group Represented:North American Genre:Fables, Folktales & Myths Age Level:4 – 8 yrs Summary:When Paul was a boy is kept growing very quickly. He did not fit in with all the kids at school because he was so big. When he was fifteen he found an ox and named her Babe. He decided to be a lumberjack. He hired a crew and they set out to logging. After a long, extra cold winter he and Babe were eager to leave. On their journey they dug the Mississippi River, the Grand Canyon and built the Rocky Mountains. Personal Response:This of course is a great story for younger students, however, I feel that it’s better to actually read the book so that the students can see the pictures of how big he is and pictures of Babe, the blue ox. I do not think I would retell this story.
Gingerbread Baby Brett, J. (1999). Gingerbread baby. New York, NY; G.P. Putnam’s Sons. Call # and Library:E GREEN Bre; WCPS Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Folklore Age Level:4-10 Summary:A young boy and his mother bake a gingerbread baby that escapes from their oven and leads a crowd on a chase similar to the one in the familiar tale of the not-so-clever gingerbread man. Personal Response:I really enjoyed this book and would love to retell it. I think the students at my school would love it!
Calamity Jane Krensky, S. (2007) Calamity Jane. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook. Call # and Library:Borrowed from a friend (M.Bradley) Number of pages :48 Cultural Group Represented:North American Genre:Fables, Folktales & Myths Age Level:4 – 8 yrs Summary:Jane Canary was a girl who headed west with her family to Montana. On the way to Montana, Jane wanted to help hunt. She proved to the men she could keep up, by the end of the trip they were eating five meals a day to eat all the meat. They settled in a gold mining town, where Jane searched for trouble, just for fun. As she grew up she tamed a wild horse that four cowboys couldn't ride and saved a army captain in the middle of a fight for their lives. She moved to South Dakota where she became a Pony Express rider and scared away three outlaws. She continued to search for trouble and eventually moved on when life became too boring for her. Personal Response:I wasn’t very interested in this story and don’t think I enjoyed enough to learn it to retell.
Weslandia Fleischman, P. (1999). Weslandia. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages:40 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Picture Book Age Level:4-8 yrs Summary:This is a wonderful story about a boy named Wesley who is an outsider in his community, his peers make fun of him and his parents are worried about him because he is not interested in anything "normal" kids are. He decides as a summer project to create his own civilization with a crop. After the crop grows he realizes that the crop provides him with shelter, food, clothing. He made up new games and a new language with hieroglyphics. Personal Response:I really liked this story and think it would be a great story to retell.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears Aardema, V. (1978). Why mosquitoes buzz in people’s ears. New York, NY: Dial. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:West African Genre:Pourquoi Tale Age Level:4-8 yrs Summary: This story is based on a West African Tale about a tiny mosquito that caused a lot of trouble. When the mosquito bugs the iguana with a nonsense story about a farmer digging yams, the iguana leads the domino effect of troublesome events throughout the animal kingdom. To this day, the mosquito has a guilty conscience about all the trouble that started with her. Personal Response:Students can further their knowledge in social studies about Africa and the stories that are told from that continent. Character Education could also be taught on what it means to be honest. Students could discuss the consequences of not telling the truth.
The Crane Wife Bodkin, O. (1998). The crane wife. Orlando, FL: Harcourt. Call # and Library:Borrowed from a friend (K. Hill) Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:Japanese Genre:Folktale Age Level:11-15 yrs Summary:When Osamu, a lonely sail maker, nurses an injured crane one blustery night, he never suspects that this simple act of kindness will change his life forever. This retelling of a traditional Japanese folktale teaches readers young or old a lesson about life and love. Personal Response:I think this folktale is a tragic love story that may be too difficult for children to understand. It is beautifully illustrated and interesting.
The Mitten Brett, J. (1989). The mitten. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented: Ukrainian Genre:Folktale Age Level:4-12 Summary:A boy named Nicki wants his Baba to knit him mittens as white as snow. On his way home one day, Nicki drops a mitten. He searches for his mitten and is unable to find it. However, a mole, rabbit, hedgehog, owl, badger, fox, bear, and mouse find it. In the end Nicki finds his mitten, but it is much larger than his other one. Personal Response:The story will keep listeners interested and or wondering what animal will be next to fit into the mitten. Kids will be very interested in the cold winter day and imagining playing in the snow and meeting many different animals. This would be a great story for retelling.
Raven McDermott, G. (1993). Raven: A trickster tale from the pacific northwest. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace Call # and Library:Borrowed from a college (T. Sumner) Number of pages : 32 Cultural Group Represented:Pacific Northwest Genre:Trickster Tale Age Level:4-12 Summary:Back when the world was in darkness, the Raven felt sad for all of the people living in the dark and cold. Raven went to search for light. While flying he saw light in a distance. As he flew toward the light he saw a young girl getting water to drink. Raven turned himself into a pine needle and floated into her water. The girl drank him and after a time gave birth to a child, who was Raven. As a baby Raven continued to search for the light and one day found it in a box. When they opened the box for him, they found the sun hidden inside. They gave Raven the "ball" and he changed back into himself and took the sun and placed it in the sky. Personal Response:I had mixed feelings about this book. I just thought the idea of Raven turning into a pine needle, being drank by the princess, and then turning into her son might scare children. However, I did like the premise of retelling Native American folktales.
Arrow to the Sun McDermott, G. (1974). Arrow to the sun: A pueblo Indian tale. New York, New York: Viking Press Call # and Library:E AR RED McD; WCPS Number of pages :40 Cultural Group Represented:Pueblo Indian Genre:MythAge Level: 4-9 Summary:The Lord of the Sun sent the spark of life to earth and it landed with the Pueblo. The boy lived, and grew up with Pueblo, but the other boys would taunt him because he didn't have a father. He decides to go look for his father. On his journey he encounters the corn planter, the pot maker, and the arrow maker. The arrow maker creates a special arrow for the boy and sends him to the sun to find his father. Upon his arrival on the sun his father makes him prove himself as his son by enduring three trials. When he finished the trials successfully his father recognizes him, but sends him back to earth to bring his spirit to the people of the earth. Personal Response:This book was a little weird. The bright colors and the fact that the sun had a kid who turned himself into arrow are just a bit off-putting. I loved the geometric designs of the illustrations even though they were bright. The story was a short coming of age and finding oneself tale. It could have been explored more, but for a picture book with such a big subject it did quite well. This is a short tale that would be easy to learn to retell.
Sleeping Ugly Yolen, J. (1981). Sleeping ugly. New York, NY: Putnam Juvenile. Call # and Library:E AR GREEN Yol; WPCS Number of pages :64 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Humorous Tale Age Level:11 – 15 Summary:Plain Jane has a heart of gold -- but her face is as homely as her nose is long. Princess Miserella, on the other hand, is a beautiful princess with a heart of stone. In this droll twist on the classic fairytale, the kiss-bestowing prince learns that beauty is indeed only skin deep. Personal Response:This is the best version of Sleeping Beauty. Really. Appropriate for all ages, it is funny and has a great moral. This story would be great to retell
Stone Soup Brown, M. (1947). Stone Soup. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons. Call # and Library:E AR GREEN Bro; WCPS Number of pages :48 Cultural Group Represented:French Genre:FolktaleAge Level:All Ages Summary:Three hungry soldiers in a strange land must convince wary, hungry villagers to share their own limited food supplies in this classic tale of cooperation and community. The soldiers outwit the villagers by giving them the opportunity to add ingredients to a pot of stone soup. The end result: a feast fit for a king and enjoyed by the soldiers and peasants alike, followed by a village party. Personal Response:Some children might not enjoy this story due the fact that the story is a bit too slow paced. Even though the story is not violent or scary, the pace of this story is a bit too slow as the story seems to solely concentrate on the soldiers’ attempts to have something to eat and have a place to sleep in and that might bored children who want action in a story.
The Frog Prince Continued Scieszka, J. (1994). The frog prince continued. New York, NY: Puffin Books. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:FolktaleAge Level:All Ages Summary:After the Princess kissed the frog, he turned into a handsome prince and they lived happily ever after... or did they? The Prince is unhappy and decides that it would be best if he were changed back to a frog. But finding a witch who will do the job is harder than he expects. They all seem to have other spells in mind. Personal Response:This was a cute alternate ending to your typical "happily ever after" that is promised to kids in every fairy tale. I liked Scieszka's take on the Frog Prince story and enjoyed the pictures. I think I just wanted even more than was featured in this short book. This would be a cute story to retell.
Pink and Say Polacco, P. (1994). Pink and say. New York, NY: Philomel. Call # and Library:E AR 3.8 Pol; KPS Number of pages :48 Cultural Group Represented: N/A Genre:Historical Fiction Age Level:8-12 yrs Summary:A true story about two young men- Pink (PinkusAylee) and Say- (Sheldon Curtis). This story was passed through many generations in memory of PinkusAylee. It tells the tale of these two men, who were union soldiers, and the threat of marauders during the civil war. When Pink rescues Say when he is wounded in an open field, he takes him home to be nurtured by his mother. When the marauders invade their home they hide out of the way of danger. end up with worse news when Pinks mom is killed by the marauders. After rejoining with the other soldiers, Pink and Say are separated forever. Personal Response:Omigosh! I loved this story! I cried so hard at the end when I found out that it was actually a true story. If I have an older group, I will certainly use it in my classroom. It is a great took to assist in teaching about the Civil War and about the times during slavery. Every social studies should have this book in their classroom. I would probably use it even with a younger group… who knows. Great story to retell!
Big Foot Cinderrrrrella Johnston, T. (1998).Big foot cinderrrrrella. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons . Call # and Library:Borrowed from a colleague (J. Worn) Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented: N/A Genre:Fractured Fairytale Age Level:5-11 Summary:It's time for the annual fun-fest, and this year the Bigfoot prince is ready to choose his bride. He hopes she will be just like him -- a big, hairy, odoriferous nature lover. Rrrrrella, who lives in the prince's forest, is a perfect match, but can she get past her nasty stepsisters and reach the fun-fest in time to win the prince's heart? Personal Response:As a teacher, I found this book a great read. It can be used to teach about forests and the environment as well as fairy tales. The unusual speech patterns of the characters provide a special flavor to this timeless tale. As a media specialist, this would be a great story to retell.
Princess Pigtoria and the Pea Edwards, P. (2010). Princess pigtoria and the pea. New York, NY: Orchard Books. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :40 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre: Fairytale, Comedy/Humor Age Level:4-8 yrs Summary:Princess Pigtoria's palace was a pigsty and she was penniless. Perhaps, if the prince proposed, she could make her palace picturesque again. If only Prince Proudfoot wasn't such a pompous porker. A pretty new princess-and-the-pea picture book for little people who love preposterous play with the letter P! Personal Response:This is a very fun read. I would love to learn this story to tell to my classes! I think students will really enjoy it because I know I did!
The Giving Tree Silverstein, S. (1964). The giving tree. New York, NY: Harper Collins. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :57 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Legends & Myths Age Level:All Ages Summary:Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk... and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave. This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silverstein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. Personal Response:Even though I love this story very much, I do not feel that young children would really understand it and I would choose not to retell it.
Kate and the Beanstalk Osborne, M. (2000). Kate and the beanstalk. New York, NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Call # and Library:NF AR 3.6 Osb (398.2); KPS Number of pages : 36 Cultural Group Represented:English Genre:Fables, Folktales & Myths Age Level:4 – 8 yrs Summary:Kate is the clever and confident heroine in this lively retelling of the classic fairy tale. Upon climbing the beanstalk, Kate meets a disguised fairy queen who tells her the fearsome giant stole a knight's castle long ago. Beautiful illustrations complement the story of how Kate captures three of the giant's treasures and learns about her family. Personal Response:This book is good to use when teaching a unit on fairy tales and demonstrating to the students how each fairy tale can be told in different ways, but they're all basically the same story. This story is very similar to Jack and the Beanstalk...really cute!
The Three Pigs Wiesner, D. (2001). The three pigs. New York, NY: Clarion Books. Call # and Library:E AR 2.3 Wie; KPS Number of pages :40 Cultural Group Represented: Genre:Fables, Folktales & Myths Age Level:4 – 8 yrs Summary:This picture book begins placidly (and familiarly) enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. But the wolf s huffing and puffing blows the first pig right out of the story . . . and into the realm of pure imagination. The transition signals the start of a freewheeling adventure with characteristic David Wiesner effects: cinematic flow, astonishing shifts of perspective, and sly humor, as well as episodes of flight. Personal Response:This book will engage children of many ages because it shows a different side to the original tale of The Three Little Pigs. Everyone knows that the story from it being read over and over them as children, but this tale has a new twist. Kids will love how the book shows the pigs escaping from the wolf into different nursery rhymes and tales.
Petronella Williams, J. (1973). Petronella. Rockport, ME: Moon Mountain Publishing. Call # and Library:Borrowed from a colleague. (T. Sumner) Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Folktale Age Level:4-8 yrs Summary:Princess Petronella challenges the mysterious enchanter Albion for a prince's freedom. She attempts a daring escape--but is she rescuing the right man? A modern fantasy classic, full of wit and surprise, with an admirable heroine and spectacular new illustrations. Personal Response:I love this fairy tale, a typical three-princes/youngest son rescues princess tipped on its head when the youngest son turns out to be a girl who sets off to rescue her prince. The ending is surprising and so satisfying, the text funny and unexpected. I would love to retell this story.
The Frog Princess Baker, E. (2002). The frog princess. New York, NY: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. Call # and Library:Borrowed from sibling Number of pages :224 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Fractured Fairytale Age Level:8-13 (young adult) Summary:Princess Emeralda, aka Emma isn't exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey's bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does NOT like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself! Thus begins their adventure quest to return to human form. Personal Response:My opinion of this book is that it is very good. I couldn't put it down! The twist on the classic "The Frog Prince" is so cute! I would certainly like to retell but I think it is too long.
Thumbelina: Tiny Runaway Bride Ensor, B. (2008). Thumbelina: Tiny runaway bride.New York, NY: Schwartz & Wade Call # and Library:Borrowed from sibling Number of pages :128 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Fractured Fairytale Age Level:15 – Young Adult Summary:A contemporary retelling of Andersen’s tale, revamped and fleshed out for today’s hip tweens. Thumbelina is that story most of us can’t quite remember. Okay, sure, it’s about a tiny girl just the size of your thumb. But did you know that her troubles (or adventures, if you prefer) begin when she begs her mother to let her sleep outside on the porch? And that in no time she is engaged to a frog, and then a mole, and even receives a proposal from a miniature king? Personal Response:This story is very cute but too long to retell.
Just Ella Haddix, M. (1999). Just Ella. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. Call # and Library:Borrowed from sibling Number of pages :240 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Fractured Fairytale Age Level:15 – Young Adult Summary:In spite of the obstacles put in her way by her wicked stepmother, Ella goes to the ball, sweeps Prince Charming off his feet, and is chosen to be his bride. It's happily ever after time, right? Wrong! Life for fifteen-year-old Ella has become an endless round of lessons and restrictions; even worse, Prince Charming turns out to be more like Prince Boring. Why can't she talk with him the way she can with Jed, her earnest young tutor? Slowly, Ella comes to realize she doesn't want the life she fought so hard to win. But breaking her engagement proves more difficult — and dangerous — than escaping her stepmother's tyranny. Personal Response:This book was pretty cute. I wouldn't say I really liked it, but I did like it. It was a very quick read (even for young adult) and it had an interesting plot.
Previously Ahlberg, A. (2007). Previously.Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press Call # and Library:E AR 4.8 Ahl; KPS Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Fractured Fairytale Age Level:4-8 yrs Summary:This story interweaves the tales of Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack and Jill, The Frog Prince, Cinderella, and The Gingerbread Boy to illustrate how there was something going on previously (before each story began) and how the people and places that make up history -- whether silly/make-believe or serious/real -- are all related and dependent upon one another. Personal Response:I LOVED this book! It will be one that I use in the media center year after year. It's a great book, and I think the kids will love it as much as I did! I do not think I would use it to retell for my age group, but maybe for older kids that have already heard all the tales that are interwoven into this book.
The Dancing Granny Bryan, A –reteller (1977).The dancing granny. New York, NY: Aladdin Publishers. Call # and Library:Storytelling Textbook Number of pages :64 Cultural Group Represented:West Indian Genre:Folktale Age Level:All Ages Summary:A trickster is often found in folktales. The musical rhyme “Shake it to the East, Shake it to the West, Shake it to the one that you love best” tells the message of the story. The trickster gets Granny to dance in all directions. In the end, she tricks him into dancing with her. His music is irresistible to her and her dancing is irresistible to him. Personal Response:I truly loved this story and I’ve already started practicing it to tell to my students when I return to school
Where the Wild Things Are Sendak, M. ().Where the wild things are. New York, NY: Harper Collins. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :48 Cultural Group Represented: N/A Genre:ClassicsAge Level:4-10 yrs Summary:This Caldecott Medal winner is a whimsical fantasy about a young boy whose imagination transports him far away from problems at home to a land where almost anything can happen. Max is looking for a little fun, so he dresses up in a comical wolf suit. Unfortunately, his mother is tired of his antics, and sends him to bed without any supper. But unexpectedly a forest grows in his bedroom and Max is taken away to a land of Wild Things. Fortunately, the Wild Things do not eat Max; instead they make him their king. And lucky Max is allowed to continue his romp. Will Max return to his mother and finally eat his dinner? Personal Response:I really love this story but feel like it may give kids the wrong message. I will probably choose not to retell it.
The Apple and the Arrow Buff, M. & C. (2001) The apple and the arrow. Orlando, FL: Houghton Mifflin Call # and Library:Borrowed from a colleague (M. Gaddy) Number of pages :80 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Fables, Folktales & MythsAge Level:8-12 yrs Summary:The year is 1291, and Walter is the twelve-year-old son of William Tell, the greatest bowman in the land of Uri. Walter lives happily in the remote heights of the Alpine Mountains, caring for his family's goat herd and practicing his marksmanship in the hopes of making his father proud. But as the end of the year approaches, Walter's peaceful life is shaken as his country enters a revolution, and Walter must carry a secret that could threaten the life of the father he loves so dearly. More than seven hundred years have passed since the day Walter stood in the marketplace balancing an apple on his head while the Austrian tyrant Gessler commanded Walter's father, William Tell, to take aim at the apple with his great crossbow. The dramatic tale of William's arrest and escape and the daring revolt of the Swiss against the Austrians has become a legend around the world. Personal Response:This book is based on the legend of William Tell. A remarkable story of courage and trust. The fire for freedom has burned deep in man's heart for centuries, as illustrated by the life of this brave man. A fitting story to retell to children.
The Rumpelstiltskin Problem Velde, V. (2000).The runplestiltskin problem. Orlando, Fl: Houghton Mifflin. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages :128 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Humorous Tale Age Level:15-18 yrs Summary:Have you ever wondered just what was going on when that odd little man with the long name stepped up and volunteered to spin straw into gold for the miller's daughter? If you stop and think about it, there are some very peculiar and rather hard-to-explain components to the story. Vivian VandeVelde has wondered too, and she's come up with these six alternative versions of the old legend. Told with a modern-day cynical wit, these new versions of the classic tale don't always end up happily ever after. Sometimes funny and sometimes dark, these stories promise to change the way you look at fairy tales forever. Personal Response:I enjoyed this story but it would take a lot of practice to retell.
Aesop’s the Crow and the Pitcher Brown, S. (2003). Aesop’s the crow and the pitcher. California: Tricycle Press. Call # and Library:Borrowed it from a colleague (K. Hill) Number of pages :30 Cultural Group Represented:Greek Genre:FableAge Level:4-10 Summary:A hot, dry desert. A tired, thirsty crow. A tall pitcher of water. Think you know the story? Think again! In her reinterpretation of Aesop’s classic fable of perseverance, Stephanie Gwyn Brown guides readers through all six steps of the scientific method—from question to communication—with Crow as the model scientist. But it takes a strong work ethic and a series of comic attempts before he invents a way to bring the water to a life-saving drinking level. Readers are ultimately invited into Crow’s laboratory, where they learn much more than just a moral to the story. Personal Response:Nice combination of scientific process and fable! Would be good in a classroom for either subject. Great for visual learners. Great book for kids and teachers that explain the processes involved with creating and executing an experiment.
Dimity Dumpty Graham, R. (2006). Dimity dumpty. Cambridge, Mass.: Candlewick Press. Call # and Library:Borrowed it from a colleague (J. Worn) Number of pages : 40 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Fractured Fairytale Age Level:4-8 yrs Summary:While the Tumbling Dumpties, the family traveling circus troupe, is doing acts of spectacular daring, Dimity stays far from the spotlight, playing tunes on her tiny flute. But when Humpty falls off the wall where he's writing graffiti, it's Dimity who finds her voice and brings help that even the king's soldiers can't provide. Personal Response:I did not like this book at all. To me it was boring and did not really have much of a point. The illustrations were ok, but there was nothing unique or eye catching to them. As I read this book it just seemed to be a filler book, a book with a long story but with out a lot of content. I guess in a way it adds substance too the Humpy Dumpty nursery rhyme by giving the reader a history behind it, but it is not the substance I would have envisioned behind that particular nursery rhyme.
The Wolf Who Cried Boy Hartman, B. (2006). The wolf who cried boy. New York, NY: Putnam Juvenile. Call # and Library:E AR 3.1 Har; KPS Number of pages :31 Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre: Fractured Fairytale Age Level:4-10 Summary:Little Wolf is tired of his mom's cooking! It's the same old thing night after night, Lamburgers and Sloppy Does. How he wishes his mother would serve up a nice platter of his favorite dish&150Boy! But Boy is hard to come by these days. As Little Wolf trudges home from school one day, he decides to postpone his boring dinner by shouting "Boy! Boy!" But what will happen when a real boy finally comes along? In this hilarious twisted tale, Little Wolf learns the same timeless lesson that the boy who cried "Wolf!" did so many years ago. Personal Response:A great retelling of the Boy who Cried Wolf. This time the wolf is tired of eating lamburgers & really wants boy chops & boys-n-berry pie for dinner. Fun book!
How the Stars Fell Into the Sky Oughton, J. (1992). How the stars fell into the sky: A Navajo legend. Orlando, FL: Houghton Mifflin. Call # and Library:398.2 Oug; WCPS Number of pages :32 Cultural Group Represented:Native American Genre:Legend Age Level:4-8 yrs Summary:This retelling of a Navajo folktale explains how First Woman tried to write the laws of the land using stars in the sky, only to be thwarted by the trickster Coyote. Personal Response:I really enjoyed this story, an attempt to explain the mysteries of the Earth at the very beginning of time. The story is short and simple and the illustrations fit the tale nicely. Our girls enjoyed the story, although they were sad that the coyote ruined the First Woman's plans.
The Green Frogs Heo, Y. (2004). The green frogs. Orlando, FL: Houghton Mifflin. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages:32 Cultural Group Represented:Korean Genre:Folktale Age Level:4-8 Summary:Like most rebellious children, the green frogs in this Korean folktale love to disobey their mother. What-ever she asks them to do, they do the opposite . . . until their bad habit lands them in trouble. Personal Response:YumiHeo does an excellent job at retelling and illustrating the escapades of the two green frogs and their mother. This book is extremely pleasant to read and is appropriate for children ages four and over, even though this book does discuss the death of a parent and how it has affected to the sons in this story.
The Fat Cat Macdonald, M. (2001). The fat cat. Little Rock, Arkansas: August House. Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages:32 Cultural Group Represented:Danish Genre:Folktale Age Level:4-8 Summary:Have you ever heard the saying, Your eyes are bigger than your stomach? Well, Cat's stomach is bigger than a lot of things. He is always hungry, and living with culinary-inclined Mouse, who makes thirty-five pies in one day, just makes it worse. Fat Cat swallows everything in sight, including the washlady and her washtub, a troop of soldiers and their swords, even a king and his elephant! But when Cat swallows Mouse and her sewing basket, that's the last straw. Personal Response: A fun read aloud, with lots of repetition, fun slurping sounds, and moral also.
The Funny Little Woman Mosel, A. reteller (1972) The funny little woman. New York, NY: Dutton Children’s Books. Call # and Library:Borrowed from a colleague (M. Bradley) Number of pages:40 Cultural Group Represented:Japanese Genre:Folktale Age Level:4-8 yrs Summary:In this tale set in old Japan, a lively little woman who loves to laugh pursues her runaway dumpling-and must outwit the wicked three-eyed Oni when she lands in their clutches. Personal Response:This is definitely an entertaining story, with some comical moments that readers of any age truly will be able to appreciate. The funny little woman of the title isn't really bad or good, yet her unusual journey will intrigue readers and keep them wondering how it will all end.
Politically Correct Bedtime Stories Garner, J. (1994). Politically correct bedtime stories. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons Inc. Call # and Library:WCHS Number of pages :79 Cultural Group Represented:American Genre:Humorous Tale Age Level:15-18 yrs (young adult) Summary:Finally, after centuries of these abusive tales, which have been handed down - unknowingly - from one male-biased generation to the next, James Finn Garner has taken it upon himself (that's right, yet another man) to enlighten and liberate these classic bedtime stories and retell them in a way that is much more in keeping with the society in which we live today. Personal Response:This first book of Gardner's is quite amusing. He mocks political correctness and the vogue of retelling fairy tales while being political correct and retelling fairy tales. In short, it's a good parody. Great story to tell to older audience.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge Bierce, A. (n.d.) An occurrence at owl creek bridge. Retrieved July 15, 2010 from http://fiction.eserver.org/short/occurrence_at_owl_creek.html Call # and Library:Online; http://fiction.eserver.org/short/occurrence_at_owl_creek.html Number of pages:N/A Cultural Group Represented:N/A Genre:Suspense Tale Age Level:15-18 yrs (young adult) Summary:Ambrose Bierce's original and innovative stories differed dramatically from those of his 19th-century contemporaries. These 23 tales include his best and most characteristic short fiction: anti-war satires that underscore the barbarism of bloodshed, horror stories with keenly ironic edge, and sardonic "tall tales" of the Old West. Personal Response:I really liked the Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, but feel it may be too harsh for storytelling in a school situation. This is more of a campfire story to tell. Very interesting.
Older Brother, Younger Brother Jaffe , N. (1995). Older brother, younger brother. New York, NY: Viking Press Call # and Library:Personal Collection Number of pages:32 Cultural Group Represented:Korean Genre:Folktale Age Level:5-11 Summary:The universal story of the good sibling and the bad sibling is told here in a traditional Korean version with dramatic double-page-spread illustrations. The mean brother, Nolbu, drives out the younger good brother, Hungbu, who wanders with his family in search of shelter. Hungbuhelps a small swallow and is rewarded with untold riches. His jealous brother ill-treats the bird and is punished by evil spirits and howling demons. He falls weeping into his good brother's arms, and afterward they all live together in peace and harmony. Personal Response:I really enjoyed this story and think it has a good moral to it.
The Selkie Girl Cooper, S. reteller(1986).The selkie girl. New York, NY : M. K. McElderryBooks. Call # and Library:398.2 Coo; WCPS Number of pages:32 Cultural Group Represented:Irish Genre:Folktale Age Level:All Ages Summary:A retelling of the ancient legend from the coasts and islands of Scotland and Ireland in which a man falls in love with a beautiful seal girl and forces her to live on land and be his bride. Personal Response:I really enjoyed this story and feel that it would be a great read aloud for young children but a great story for retelling for older children.